KANELAND—After a 2012-13 campaign that saw a pickup of two late-season wins to improve to 3-6 in dual action, Kaneland girls bowling could be excused if it dwelled in the positive.
But the loss of five seniors from last year’s lineup means no time for basking in anything except lane time, as they get ready for a challenging 2013-14.
The team’s backbone and chance for victory lies mainly with senior Christie Crews and junior Dominique Lee. They’ll be joined by returning senior Michelle Bohanek and juniors Katie Hill, Rena Wojciechowski and Amber Spaetzel.
“Christie has the potential to put up big scores every time out, and we’ll need those scores, that’s for sure,” said three-decade head coach Jim McKnight. “She sometimes gets into split trouble, but she’s also an excellent spare shooter. She’s a very smart bowler, and her confidence is inspiring.”
”Rena showed great promise as a freshman two years ago, but she played basketball last year. She was anxious to return to bowling this year, and so far, she has looked great in practice,” McKnight said.
While McKnight and company have to deal with a slim roster, don’t look to lack in the competitiveness department.
“All the girls are excited and doing well, but we have only eight girls, so that’s a problem. We had several good prospects who decided to play club sports, and a couple others became ineligible. We’re still waiting for some girls to join us, but we’re having the same problems as many other teams. In fact, DeKalb only has seven girls right now, and their student population is larger than ours,” McKnight said. “If we had to compete tomorrow, we’d probably go with Christie, Dominique, Rena, Michelle, Katie and Amber.”
With the landscape of the NIB-12 always heavy, the Lady Knights will aim higher than the 10th-place finish in last year’s conference competition.
“It’s difficult to predict who will be at the top of the conference this year, but I expect Morris, Dixon and Sterling to all be right up there. Sycamore and DeKalb have lost some of last year’s teams, but they’ll probably be right in the thick of it, too. Sadly, this will be the last year for Streator and Dixon in this conference. They have excellent programs and nice people, so they will certainly be missed,” McKnight said.
Kaneland once again will make its home at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, and begin its quest on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Sterling.